Diversity Fail? All-Women Engineering Team Blamed for Collapse of Miami Pedestrian Bridge

Diversity Fail? All-Women Engineering Team Blamed for Collapse of Miami Pedestrian Bridge. By Sandra Rose.

The all-women engineering team that designed the ill-fated pedestrian foot bridge at Miami’s Florida International University were highly touted for their advances in a field that is typically dominated by men.

But critics are pointing the finger of blame at the female engineers for design flaws that may have brought the bridge down.

Investigators are still on the scene of last week’s bridge collapse that killed 6 people and injured 9 on the FIU campus in Southwest Miami. …

Munilla Construction Management (MCM), the South Miami-based firm that designed the FIU foot bridge, has been sued multiple times for unsafe practices in the past.

In early March MCM was sued by a construction worker who was severely injured when MCM’s “makeshift bridge” at Miami’s International Airport collapsed. ….

MCM was awarded the $14.2 million minority contract to design and build the cable-stayed bridge. The company is well-connected in Miami politics and it promotes inclusion and diversity in the workforce.

Maybe. When I worked as a programming consultant in Canberra, I had several jobs to rescue and fix a failed project — and in each case the previous consultant was female.